San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
VDLA served as landscape architectural consultant on the design team that featured the renowned Canadian Architect, Arthur Erickson; and San Diego Architects, Deems, Lewis, & McKinley. Situated on 11 acres of prime San Diego waterfront, the project features a series of landscaped rooftop garden terraces that have a commanding view of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bay Bridge. The project provides harmony and balance with moveable planting containers that are an integral part of the building's design, including 100 trees grouped in masses around architectural "fins" and extending the 700' length of the building. Streetscape frontage was designed for maximum visibility of drop-off and pre-function areas and all parking was located below grade. This effort by the architectural design team was instrumental in allowing high-quality "people spaces" at on-structure garden terraces overlooking San Diego Bay. The facility features one of the world's largest tensile structures, covering a roof-top exhibit pavilion that is complemented by two vaulted arbors. The arbors are covered with a mix of sweet-scented and vibrantly colored vines to enhance the exhibit area and roof top.